Filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri has always tried to impress us with his unconventional subjects like Chocolate, Buddha in a Traffic Jam, Junooniyat and many others. The director's latest outing titled, The Tashkent Files, which is based on the mysterious death of India's second PM Lal Bahadur Shastri released today. But it seems that the conspiracy thriller has failed to impress critics as they have pointed a number of flaws in this film. So, let's check, what they wrote...
Scroll.in gave one star and wrote, "The rigour that was needed to prove Agnihotri’s thesis is missing, and the biliousness of his selective targeting robs The Tashkent Files of its attempt to being an effective conspiracy thriller."
TOI has rated the film 2.5 stars and its review states, "The Tashkent Files makes some shocking claims about India’s political history, dynasty politics and the citizen’s right to know the truth. All its sensational content is relevant and important social issues are highlighted, too. But, the storytelling effort is half-baked and lacks the finesse that such a heavy-duty film requires. It also doesn’t help that the final slide of the movie tells the audience that the authenticity of all the facts displayed in the film cannot be verified."
Pinkvilla gave The Tashkent Files 1.5 stars and wrote, "Though the movie does convince of foul play in Shastri's death, it is not the history chapter you want to reopen, at least not via an Agnihotri movie! Better visit an archive and research for yourself!"
NDTV gave the film half star and wrote, "The Tashkent Files presses a panoply of gloriously hamming actors and tidbits of selective, half-baked information (most of which appears to have emanated from the social media cell of a particular political party) into the service of a laughable raking up of an old debate in an attempt to appropriate the legacy of one India's finest Prime Ministers for an obvious ulterior purpose. It trots out a string of generalizations about India and its place in the world, going to the extent of declaring that globalization is another name for corporate slavery. At times, the film doesn't know if it is on the left or the right: confusion reigns supreme!"
Featuring an ensemble cast of Naseeruddin Shah, Mithun Chakraborty, Shweta Basu Prasad, Pankaj Tripathi, Mandira Bedi and Pallavi Joshi, The Tashkent Files is produced under the banners of SP CineCorp and Vivek Agnihotri Creates. Are you planning to watch the film this weekend? Tweet to us @bollywood_life
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